urban beekeeping

Volunteer Orientation Success!

This past Sunday, April 10th at the Old Y in Calgary, ABC Beess excited and trustee volunteers came together for a day of visioning, laughter, and fun! And what a blast it was! With 7 facilitators and 30 volunteers, ABC Bees is ready to head in to the coming spring, prepared for anything and everything! Here is what we have going on!

The goal of the day was to give everyone a chance to become familiar with the projects that A.B.C has planned for the coming 2011 year, and give them a chance to offer their feedback, identify potential problems and potential opportunities with each project. Then, each volunteer was given the opportunity to join a project and help with taking on roles, from project planning to project execution! And a success it was! So much information came from the day and momentum is picking up! Have a look at the projects underway!

1- Newsletter Development=E-magazine development

Did you know that you are one of 700 monthly readers of the Urban Buzz Newsletter, and that each month; we are seeking community members who are interested in sharing their craft? The Urban Buzz has the potential of becoming Calgary’s Resilient Living e-mag! Volunteers offered their ideas and plans for how this e-magazine would be shaped, what kinds of information would be relevant, and how they see themselves participating!

2- The Bumblebee Rescue and Foster Parent Program/ Swarm Catching Facilitation

The Bumblebee Rescue and Foster Parent Program, a Community Pollinator Foundation initiative,   is in incubation as they are working on the content of the projects research, but its method of rescue and care will be similar in practice as the Swarm catching projects! The swarm catching project is planned to offer the Calgary honeybee enthusiasts a chance to help and support the catching, hiving, and care for honeybee swarms throughout June and July. The volunteers have plans for helping with website and informational content to share with the public about bees and swarms to combat confusion about honeybee behaviour during swarming! Also, access to this community group will soon be made available through the A.B.C website, www.backyardbees.ca, to make getting updates on swarm locations and catching teams as easy as a click on the phone!

3- The Mead and Honey Tasting Gala, May 21, 2011 at Cantos Foundation of Music

The Mead and Honey Tasting Gala is a fundraiser for The Community Pollinator Foundation, Calgary’s new not-for-profit educational initiative. As a primary sponsor of the Gala, A.B.C was eager to offer a chance for the CPF to reach out to its volunteers for support. The Gala is a fundraiser for the Bumblebee Rescue and Foster Parent Program and the Resonating Bodies installation coming soon to Calgary. Volunteers aided in project planning and have organized themselves for the facilitation the day of!

4- “Queen of the Sun” doc showing

“Queen of the Sun” is an acclaimed film released last year. A.B.C has been trying to get our hot little hands on it, and hope to show the film in September in a bike-in-movie style at one of two locations! This will be the year end wrap-up of the 2011 beekeeping season shin-dig, and volunteers gave their feedback on how they see the project moving forward, and how we can make this event a screaming success!

5- Calgary Harvest Festival

Calgary Sunnyside-Hillhurst Farmers Market, The Community Resource Network, A.B.C, and the Unitarian Church of Calgary are joining together and planning a Harvest Festival for October 2011! This event is going to showcase the produce of community gardens across the city, free and local educational programs, and a Harvest Fair contest! Volunteers came up with great contest ideas, program planning for the evening, and more!

6- Festival Educational Booths

Wouldn’t we love another chance like the Calgary Folk Music Festival of 2010 to showcase urban beekeeping here in the city of Calgary! Well there are some great opportunities to be had! We planned and schemed for some great installation ideas and activity centres all on the world of bees! Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the buzz of activity on the street, and catch a glimpse of these projects taking shape!

Keep your eyes peeled for updates on these project developments! The volunteer orientation was a great success, and there is sure to be more meetings and scheming coming in the future! So, keep your eyes peeled to see how you too can get involved in the worldwide phenomena of urban beekeeping in your own backyard!

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